Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Children's Book Series - part 2

Here is a list of books (non-series books) for children in grades K-2 that promote healthy child development. Of course there are hundreds of books that could be on the list, but these are some of my favorites & some new books that come highly recommended. I loved reading your comments yesterday - do you have favorite books to add to this list?

A dog on Barkhum Street
Alvin’s Secret Code
Carolyn Haywood books
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Danny Dunn
Dog breath
Follow my leader
George and Diggety by Maggie Stern
Great Brain Books
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Henry Reed
Homer price
Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Stephen kellogg
Tal, his wonderful adventures w/ noom-zor-noom
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Magic Locket by Elizabeth Koda-Callan
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry
The Westing Game

Tomorrow's focus with be on books for grades 3-5, so you can start thinking early! :)

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Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Scaredy Squirrel books (there are 3 on different topics) by Melanie Watt

9:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Joanna Horwitz early readers are great--I loved the relationship between the siblings in one I read but can't remember the name :(

9:32 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Thanks! We love the Homer Price books.

I don't know about the reading level, but I would say that the content in The Westing Game is probably more appropriate for ages 10 and up, or about 4th grade.

6:25 AM  
Blogger max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
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Max Elliot Anderson

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Carol, Syd's niece said...

2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Danny and the Dinosaur, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. More information about Syd Hoff can be found at the new website, dedicated to honoring his rich and creative legacy.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would move The Westing Game to grades 3-5 and The Magic Tree House books to K-2. Other fabulous G3-5 books are:
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Summerland by Michael Chabon (this may be slightly above 5th grade level)

Anna's favorite books for this year were:
The Grimm Sisters series by Michael Buckley
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfeld
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Little Ballerina

Can you tell we LOVE books?!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

OOh! Thank you so much for posting this! I will have to check some of these out for summer reading :>)

So many of them I have never heard of before, which will be great for me to read along as well!

8:25 PM  

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